Best Headsets for Podcast- Top 3 Headsets review
Updated: Apr 15
When starting a podcast career many are frightened about having to know a few technical things about making your own show. Podcast isn’t just about having the best possible content in the world. None of that means anything if people cannot understand a word you’re saying because you have poor equipment that gives your podcast an overall bad quality audio. So instead, many beginner podcasters dive into the research looking for a piece of equipment that will satisfy their need, but also not put a big dent in their wallet.
For them, I offer a piece of advice. Do not rush! You will read a lot of things about microphones, noise-canceling headphones, XLR’s, mixers and so on… It is not essential to transform your room into a studio for you to have a successful podcast. You can start small and have great audio, you just need to pick the best in the range of your budget. Besides, all that time learning how to operate complicated mixers and studio-like equipment can be used to create better content and focus on getting it out there regularly.
Podcast Headset-What is it?
A name speaks for itself, that is a headset intended for use in Podcasts, a set of microphone and headphones all wrapped up in one piece of equipment so it’s much easier to use it. The fact is, headsets will never provide you with the potential that a real microphone has, but they are enough for you to have studio-quality audio for much less money.
I personally recommend a USB type of headsets and I’m about to introduce you to some facts and reviews of the Top 3 Headsets for Beginners
First things first- a USB headset is a set that connects through a USB port. It couldn’t be any easier. And like most USB equipment you just choose it as a desired input in your audio software. Like USB microphones, USB headsets also act as their own sound card, so that the quality of the sound wouldn’t depend on your computer’s audio components.
There are a few things you should consider when buying a USB headset for your podcast:
AUDIO QUALITY - Make sure your microphone is giving away a nice, clean sound. It’s very important if your mic picks up a sound every time you move, or a car passes by. Make sure you have an option to cancel background noises. Also, watch how your headset microphone is acting with your plosives ( letters ‘’P’’, ‘’B’’, ‘’D’’ etc…). Those letters are pronounced with a short but sharp gust of air at the end that can come out as a popping noise in your audio. Some microphones have built-in filters for this type of problem.
BUILD QUALITY - This refers to the way a headset is made, or built, from a type of plastic they used, to a type of foam. It is also very important how a microphone handle is installed, since you don’t want it to fall apart after a few months. Also make sure it has a solid construction and not making a rattling noise when shaken.
COMFORT QUALITY - Unfortunately, I had that dissatisfaction of owning a few high-quality, expensive-as-hell headsets only to discard them for being incredibly uncomfortable. In the beginning, I thought that I didn’t set them right, or my head is too big/small, but then I asked other people in my surroundings to try them on and they all said the same- after having them on for about 30 minutes, they experienced a sharp and unbearable pain at the top of their head caused by a lousy headband design. Be very careful with big and heavy headsets. Yes, they look like a spaceship and they are soooo cool, but if their comfort quality is low, you will be discarding them in no time.
The mics I’m going to present to you are the best in this budget range, but are in no way perfect. So I will point out their flaws along with their best features, just so you know what you’re getting for this amount of money.
1. Sennheiser PC 8 USB - Mono USB Headset for PC and MAC
AUDIO QUALITY- Good audio quality, just as you would expect from a brand like Sennheiser. It has steady levels and filters your plosives perfectly. Best-buy in this budget range if you ask me.
BUILD QUALITY- Looks and feels a little bit thin, maybe could have used a stronger and thicker plastic, but on the other hand extremely light on your head. It’s a one-ear-only type of headset that lets you monitor your own voice with another ear.
COMFORT QUALITY- Very comfortable precisely because it’s small and light. You can wear it for hours and not feel it.
The price for this headset is around $45.
2. Logitech High-performance USB Headset H540 for Windows and Mac, Skype Certified
AUDIO QUALITY- A good quality, just a tad bassy. The mic arm is giving away some change in volume with movement, and the volume/mute button gives away the noise when in use.
BUILD QUALITY- Very big and bulky with padded everything. It has an adjustable and well-built microphone arm so you can move it away anytime. Volume and mute button on the headset.
COMFORT QUALITY- Even though it is padded,it feels a bit heavy after a while.
The price for this headset is around $35.
3. Jabra UC VOICE 550 MS Duo Lync Optimized Corded Headset for Softphone
AUDIO QUALITY- Good quality, but does not filter plosives very well.
BUILD QUALITY- Has a bit of everything. There’s padding included but it feels light and flimsy. An attempt to make a comfortable and light headset.
COMFORT QUALITY- Extremely comfortable.
The price for this headset is around $70.
So there you go, boys and girls. I hope this helped you with choosing the right kind of equipment for your baby steps into the podcasting world. Remember, you don’t have to have professional and expensive equipment to be a great and popular podcaster. Develop your brand, work hard, post episodes regularly, and after you are confident in what you do, you can start searching for better equipment. And like always, I’ll be there to offer friendly advice. Until then- Happy Podcasting Everyone!